Brynmawr 'Merthyr' Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Oak Sideboard



An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School oak sideboard by brynmawr furniture company to a Paul Matts design. This item features:
  • Brynmawr geometric facetted handles
  • Distinctive bevelled panels on the sides and doors
  • Three internal drawers


A well propotioned and attractive sideboard by this widely recognised Arts & Crafts maker


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall width 135 cm (4 feet 5 and a quarter inches)
  • overall height 92 cm (3 feet and a quarter)
  • overall depth 51 cm (1 foot 8 inches)
If you need a very exact dimension, or one we haven't included, feel free to contact us and we will measure it for you


c. 1935


Brynmawr Furniture Makers Ltd enamelled metal label on the back (Brynmawr Furniture Makers, The - A Quaker Initiative 1929-1940 by Mary Wiliam, Eurwyn Wiliam, and Dafydd Wiliam, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2012)

About Brynmawr Furniture Company

Brynmawr Furniture Company: An Arts and Crafts furniture making company founded by Quakers in Wales as part of the 'The Brynmawr Experiment', designed to revive Brynmawr's economic depression and accompanying mass unemployment. Most items were made to private commissions. Known for high quality workmanship and materials and clean modern designs

About Oak

Oak: The most British of woods, that can produce really special results. Oak has been used for hundreds of years to construct everything from sea-going vessels to fine furniture. Quarter sawn boards are very straight grained and have distinctive growth rings and medullary rays that give a very beautiful effect as well as being renowned for their superior stability and strength

About Arts & Crafts Cotswold School

The Cotswold School was a development of the Arts and Craft Movement started largely by Ernest Gimson and the brothers Sidney and Ernest Barnsley. The furniture is instantly recognisable with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, and use of beautiful materials. Cotswold School designs were crafted from local materials using traditional tools and techniques and with decorative details derived largely from utilitarian elements: exposed joinery, unusual panels, interesting pulls and latches crafted either from wood or from metal using traditional smithing techniques, and close attention to form as well as to wood grain and pattern. Where decorative details were added they generally took the form of traditional embellishment such as exposed joints, chamfered edges and chip carved edge details.The style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward, Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire, Robin Nance in St Ives and Ambrose Heal are a handful of such men out of many. The best developed their own style within the established tradition


Good sound condition. Some light to moderate surface marks and minor scratches. If you wish to have further specific photographs or talk to us for a more detailed condition report then please do not hesitate to contact us

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